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A positive outlook for employment in the Australian IT industry is forecast for the last quarter of this year to the end of December, with a new recruitment industry survey observing a “robust trend of positivity and optimism” within IT employment,

According to the Clicks Employment Confidence Index survey for the fourth quarter of 2016, the results spell a “positive outlook” within the Australian IT industry, with back-to-back record-breaking results for the second and third quarters of this year.

The recruitment firm says that whilst the latest results indicate a “plateauing of the upward trajectory of the Index this quarter”, employment confidence amongst IT professionals is still higher than the previous year.

Clicks says the quarter saw a continuation of “robust levels of confidence in the IT employment market that have been steadily strengthening over the last 18 months”.

“However, we feel that confidence levels are stabilising and further improvement is likely to depend upon the economic and political environment.

“The high levels of confidence currently being felt by IT workers as demonstrated by the high proportion of people being willing to test the market, means that it is a good time to hire IT talent.” Clicks notes.

And, Ben Wood, Clicks managing director, says it’s important to note that the Index survey was conducted prior to the US election “which may have impacted sentiment”.

“As such we are aware that the continuing high levels of confidence may be dependent on how the global economic market bounces back following the election, one thing is for certain – the high levels of confidence currently being felt by IT workers, as demonstrated by the high proportion of people being willing to test the market, means that it is a good time to hire IT talent.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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